Murder In Chinatown

Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Series: Gaslight Murders, Book 9
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award finalist Victoria Thompson colorfully portrays the prejudices and hardships of turn-of-the-century New York City.

Called to Chinatown to deliver a baby, midwife Sarah Brandt soon helps search for a missing girl. But nobody seems to know where she is. Has she been sold to a brothel, or has she run off with a secret love?

©2007 Victoria Thompson (P)2008 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Vividly recreates the gaslit world of Old New York." ( Publishers Weekly)

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So sad!

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder In Chinatown to be better than the print version?

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Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Good story. All of the books in the series have been good. Entertaining. Great history. Very enjoyable.

What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

Everything! I LOVED this series until this first book with the new narrator. It is amazing how the narrator changes the character of a book. Sadly, I don't like Frank Malloy anymore. Sara Brant has aged 20 years. The next door neighbor is now irritating. I am so sad because I have 10? more books in the series, but I won't listen to them. I really have not had such an extreme reaction to a narrator before.

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I'm sure she is a fine narrator, I just don't like her for these books. Especially since I had gotten used to the earlier narrator, who molded my expectations of the characters and my relationship to them. The expectations were shattered with the new narrator. I don't know these characters any more! Probably good advice, don't change narrators mid series if possible.

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This is the 9th book in the series.

This book is one of the later books in a series, but this is the first audiobook. If you haven’t read the first books I can’t imagine too many people liking this book. If this is the first book in the series that you've read then I think it would be boring to some since you wouldn't have the background of the character. If you like the other books then you’ll like this one. I enjoy her books but they aren’t for everyone. In each book it’s been very easy to determine who committed the crime long before the characters in the book figure it out. What I enjoy about the book is the interaction between the two characters. There’s no sex or language in her books, I think it’s what some people call a “cozy mystery”.

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Just barely ok

It might be a great story but the reader’s performance has nearly ruined it for me.

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An author to follow

A new mystery writer to follow! Not only did I get to learn more about the Chinese/American experience in early New York, I got involved in a good mystery about a young Chinese/Irish girl's murder. I did figure out who done it but not until almost the end. I want more! More mystery! More info on a detective who works under Teddy Roosevelt! More about the midwife who seems to get involved in his cases!

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horrible narrator

the story was fine. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the years and this narrator was the most horrible one I have ever heard. I almost didn't listen to the book. if she is narrating the rest of the series I will not purchase it

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Not fond of this narrator, I loved Callie Beaulieu

Not fond of this narrator, I loved Callie Beaulieu. I love this series and will continue to read/listen to them, but it will never be the same as with Callie Beaulieu. Suzanne Toren is a good narrator and I have enjoyed her in the past on other books, just not in this series.

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New Narrator after 8 Books

The book was excellent, but the new narrator really threw my husband and I off at first. She was good but took some time getting used to.

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Disappointing Narration

Narrator was horrible. Almost didn't finish it was so bad. I hope the next book has someone better.

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new narrator

new narrator should have listened to previous narrator's version of charcters, especially Molloy. Really made it difficult to listen to.

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like the series. hate the reader for this one.

The first few books were enjoyable. This story was good. This book was good but the reader made it so hard to listen to. The character voices were cartoon like. Malloy was monotone in voice. The neighbor sounded annoying. Really was looking forward to listening on our trip but it was tough. I see she is the reader for the rest of the books. I don't know if we will try them.

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